In a recent fishing trip by some unsuspecting fishermen at Caleta La Cruz in North-Western Peru something unusual was caught in their net. Though they wasn’t fishing for this kind of animal, it was caught in their net when they were trawling, trawling is a fishing method where motorized boats with big rigs pull net behind their boats as they “trawl” through waters full of fish so it will be caught inside.
A 20 ft. 1,000Kg giant Manta Ray was caught by a group of fisherman, manta rays are strictly protected in international waters. One fisherman, Franco Vergara, 39, said “We were taken completely by surprise when we felt the whole boat shudder and lurch.” “We looked over the side and saw this enormous creature below us. I had never seen a manta ray live before and it took a couple of seconds to realize what it was.” “Sadly, it was badly injured and I suspect it had been hit by a boat propeller," he added. "We towed it ashore and then called the local authorities.”
When seaport authorities and animal environmental officers arrived, they needed a crane to lift the animal out of the water. The photos was taken by a tourist, Kelly Cruz Cumpen, 25, who posted the photos onto social media. She said, “I have never seen anything as big as this. When they pulled it out of the water it was dripping with blood. It was very sad to see. It is such a beautiful creature.”
The largest manta ray ever recorded was at 30ft. let us know on the comments section below on what measure should we take to protect this kinds of animal!! Comment now and make a change!